(Greensboro, NC, August 29, 2019) – Artists United to End Poverty, a local benefit album, is exclusively available for pre-sale purchase on iTunes (not Apple Music) and when the album officially releases on September 6, will be available on Amazon Music and Google Play. Album information and downloading instructions can be found at: www.culturepushers.org/album.
The public is invited to celebrate and attend the album’s official release party on September 6, 6 – 9 p.m. at Elm Street Lounge, 115 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro. Artists from the album will be performing throughout the event.
Greensboro native and Grammy Award winning record producer, Andreao “Fanatic” Heard, who founded and represents The Culture Pushers, a local non-profit, partnered with United Way of Greater Greensboro to produce the album.
Music is often a driving force behind social change. From counterculture and protest songs in the 1960s to “We Are the World” in 1985, music is a transformative energy that creates and supports movements that showcase the best of our humanity.
Artists United to End Poverty is just that – a benefit album with incredible music that supports a huge social need. Greensboro ranks 31% above the national poverty average, and 1 out of every four kids are growing up in poverty. Based on these harsh realities, Fanatic is donating 100% of album proceeds to support United Way of Greater Greensboro’s bold movement to END local poverty.
The album includes over 50 songs and artists who have donated their music for the project and features the title track, “Die 4 Love” which includes dozens of artists singing together in true “We are the World” style.
Album Artists include:
Vanessa Ferguson, Bishop Bryan J. Pierce, Sr., Mount Zion Gospel Choir, The Hamiltones, Mayor Nancy Vaughan, John P. Kee, Laurelyn Dossett, Autumn Nicholas, Fanatic, Andre Fenix, Demeanor, Jordan Hawkins, Shelby J, Sybil, J. Timber , Molly McGinn, Quilla, Josh King, Jaron Strom, Citizen Shade, Tigo B, Jessica Mashburn, Josephus Thomson III, The Collection, Abigail Dowd, JBlanked, Debbie “The Artist” Long, Chris Meadows, AND MANY MORE!
Fanatic says, “I felt compelled to get involved because I know the power of music and how it can help address social issues that exist in the community. Hopefully this album will bring awareness to how real this poverty issue is in our city. The numbers are alarming. I’m excited to partner with United Way because after meeting and talking with them I can clearly see they are truly focused and committed to ending local poverty. As a record producer you dream of this ‘Quincy Jones moment’ where you can work with all these amazing artists and musicians for a greater cause.”
“Greensboro is full of caring people who do not accept children going to bed hungry, or adults struggling to meet basic needs as our reality. This project will help spread awareness and fuel United Way’s efforts that are working together to end poverty. Bold goals require bold moves and we hope other communities will use this project as a blueprint to address their own individual needs,” says Michael Cottingham, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, United Way of Greater Greensboro.
Album sponsors include: az development, IBERIABANK, The City of Greensboro, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Downtown Greensboro Inc., Joy Shavitz, Randall Kaplan, Ann Zuraw and Mae Douglas.